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German Parliament President Travels to Kyiv for WWII Commemoration

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Bärbel Bas, the president of the German Bundestag, plans to travel to Ukraine. According to her spokesperson, she was invited to attend the commemoration of the Second World War.


The memorial service in Ukraine takes place every year on May 8. Bas will be one of the speakers during the service, just like her Ukrainian counterpart Ruslan Stefanchuk. In this way, Bas not only wants to commemorate the Second World War but also to express her support for Ukraine in the fight against Russia.

Earlier, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was not welcome in Ukraine. He has been too soft on Russia as a foreign minister. The refusal is, in turn, a reason for Chancellor Olaf Scholz not to travel to Kyiv. He finds it unacceptable that a friendly head of state is refused at this stage of the war.

Opposition leader Friedrich Merz this week became the first German politician to visit Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion. The CDU leader met Stefanchuk and Prime Minister Denis Shmihal, among others. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also plans to visit Ukraine soon.

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